Teen accused of beating, critically injuring 71-year-old woman

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A 71-year-old woman was critically injured and a 16-year-old male is suspected of attacking her. He was not in custody late Tuesday afternoon.

Boulder County sheriff’s office investigators said this happened at about 8 p.m. Monday in the woman’s residence in Lefthand Canyon.

When deputies arrived after receiving a report of an assault, they found the woman who had suffered massive injuries. A statement from the sheriff’s office said she has a significant head injury, multiple fractures and lacerations.

She was in intensive care at a hospital Tuesday afternoon. The teen is accused of beating her with a blunt object

Here is what investigators said happened:

“The 16-year-old man had been hitchhiking, along with two friends, near Ward, when the female victim picked them up and offered them a place to stay as they tried to arrange for a ride home after a camping trip. The trio of hitchhikers were with the victim for several hours at her residence when the 16-year-old man suggested that they assault the woman in order to steal her car. The 16-year-old man’s two companions rebuffed the idea of assaulting her. A short-time later the 16-year-old man began assaulting the woman, unprovoked.  The man’s two companions ran to a neighboring residence approximately 1/2 mile away to report the assault.”

The teenager was last seen getting into a white hatchback that traveled west up Lefthand Canyon. Investigators presume he fled the area by hitchhiking with the driver of that vehicle.

There is an arrest warrant for the 16-year-old for Attempted 1st Degree Murder and 1st Degree Assault to an At-Risk Adult.

Anyone with information can call investigators at 303-441-3641. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous can contact Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).